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June 8, 2015 6:08 pm

Both Israel and Hamas Won’t Be Included on UN Children’s Rights Blacklist

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Israel and Hamas will both not be included on a U.N. list of countries and organizations that harm children. Photo: Truth Revolt.

Israel and Hamas will both not be included on a U.N. list of countries and organizations that harm children. Photo: Truth Revolt. – United Nations has decided to leave both Israel and the Palestinian terror group Hamas off the list of countries and organizations that harm children, despite a recommendation by a U.N. official.

Nevertheless, in a report, Ban urged Israel “to take concrete and immediate steps, including by reviewing existing policies and practices, to protect children, to prevent the killing and maiming of children, and to respect the special protections afforded to schools and hospitals.”

In a report issued last month, the U.N. special representative of the secretary-general for children and armed conflict, Leila Zerrougui, recommended the blacklisting of the Israel Defense Forces for allegedly regularly causing harm to children. The designation would have placed the IDF in the same group as terrorist organizations such as Islamic State, Boko Haram, and the Taliban.

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At the time, the Israeli Foreign Ministry called out the world body for hypocrisy.

“Israel-haters are threatening the United Nations and no one is complaining about them,” a senior Foreign Ministry official said. “It’s a scandal and it’s hypocrisy. There are unfortunately a lot of situations in which children are killed in zones of conflict and yet no one dares put them on the list. Do you know how many kids the Saudis have killed while bombing Yemen? I want to see the U.N. secretary-general’s Algerian envoy dare to include Saudi Arabia on the list.”

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  • Joseph Stein

    For a moment let’s not consider the alleged mis-deeds of Israel, but the very real Hamas war crime of placing its own children in mortal danger to defend military targets.
    It would appear that the UN has turned a blind eye to Hamas’s televised broadcasts glorifying the sacrifice of their elderly, women and children as human shield martyrs during operation Protective Edge. What sort of credibility does the UN actually have in defending human rights if it doesn’t even acknowledge that deliberately placing one’s own children into harms way to be maimed and killed is child abuse? What would the UN have to say if it was Israel?

  • Lynne T

    The unnamed foreign ministry official misses the point: both Fatah and Hamas have had longstanding programs of grooming child soldiers and using adolescents as armed combatants.

  • Jack Holan

    It is the advancement of morality as exemplified at the UN (why the League of Nations Failed) that Israel can be beaten no further. How many condemnations, censures calling us the worst of the worst by the very Worst and the “Nations” at the UN conduct business as usual? We have been accused of everything under the sun. We are a country today of 7 million people 80% Jewish in a World of 7 billion people. There are how many Muslim countries, 120 perhaps? We are one Jewish country and the World refuses to recognize us as such. If Alien landed tomorrow at the UN at looked at our records they would never figure out how one tiny, minuscule country could have been responsible for all these horrible accusations and a permanent discussion topic each month at the UNHRC.